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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Oct 25, 2010 10:26pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: favorite Scarlet-Fires

>It's also interesting that the band are the same - from the beginning they have explored various technological avenues in the pursuit of their muse.

Which is kinda funny, given how I think of them as having such a natural sound, even raw (in a good way), and how that's a lot of what I value about the band. But definitely true, when you learn more about what they were doing musically/technologically. Sometimes with good results, sometimes not so good. The later-years midi stuff mostly sounds rather soulless to me, and dated in a way that older stuff doesn't, oddly. Maybe that's cuz they were struggling with the sound in general at that point, so the tech stuff ends up sounding to me like musical Clearasil Cover-up Cream. Whereas earlier, the tech experimentation seemed more integrated. Just IMO, from someone with very non-techie ears!

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Oct 26, 2010 8:45am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: favorite Scarlet-Fires

"... so the tech stuff ends up sounding to me like musical Clearasil Cover-up Cream.'
A potential classic line .
C'mon AR , it isn't atrocious all the time .
Right ?

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Oct 26, 2010 9:01am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: favorite Scarlet-Fires

Oh, I'm sure it's not. And that's more of a general impression, anyway, cuz I haven't listened to a lot of 90s. When I do and it jumps out at me, though, it doesn't tend to be in a good way ... but having non-techie ears, I may not notice half the time. That's probably when it works :-)

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Poster: duckpond74 Date: Oct 26, 2010 9:48am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: favorite Scarlet-Fires - to Midi or not

"... so the tech stuff ends up sounding to me like musical Clearasil Cover-up Cream."

AR, what a great description of that midi-music-malady - you often have an interesting turn of a phrase in your posts. When listening to shows, and I hear that Midi, that damn midi, enter the musical spectrum, I usually skip around to another tune, or more often, reach for an early 70's show to sooth my violated ears.

Like any new toy or addictive object, it can be misused and overused/abused. Don't get me wrong, I love electronic music, and technical toys in music (i.e. Bill Frisell, the master at looping is one of my musical gods). And midi - when used well - can be an amazing tool. Midi was/is a fantastic invention, but all too often, it is used so poorly that it detracts from it's purpose. Jerry was such an inventive, creative guitarist that when i hear him switch over, it almost always comes off, to me, as a cop out. If you want a flute in Bird Song, bring in someone like Charles Lloyd . . . Midi in the Dead always, to me, came off like switching to Decaf after years of rich espresso or Turkish style . . . why???